Get your kids to take their medicine! Always discuss with your pediatrician or pharmacist to make sure that the medication is able to be mixed with any of the recommendations below. Some medications may need to be taken on an empty stomach. Some medications in pills or capsules, like extended-release or timed-release, may not be safe to crush or open.

Superhero Parents, Assemble! You can do this! Here are a HUNDRED different ways to get your kids to take their medicine!

  1. Mix with a spoonful of sugar
  2. Add cherry flavor from the pharmacist
  3. Give with a spoonful of ice-cream as a chaser
  4. Mix with pedialyte
  5. Color the medicine with food coloring
  6. Blend inside of a smoothie
  7. Inject into a donut hole to make your own filling
  8. Put a princess or super hero sticker on the syringe or medicine cup
  9. Make the syringe pretend to be a submarine coming into the dock
  10. Make the syringe or dosing cup pretend to be an airplane coming into the hanger
  11. Mix with juice (not grapefruit juice)
  12. Dip a pancake into the dose until each bite soaks up the medicine
  13. Add medicine to the holes of a waffle a little each time until eaten
  14. Add to an ice-pop
  15. Add root beer flavor from the pharmacist
  16. Mix with applesauce
  17. Get 2nd syringe with colored water to match the medicine, allow your child to give you a “dose” first – then they get the real thing
  18. Have your child pretend to give medicine to their favorite doll/toy
  19. Mix with powdered sugar
  20. Offer one m&m or other candy for each sip of medicine
  21. Mix with small amount of Gatorade
  22. Mix with chocolate syrup
  23. Mix with cherry syrup
  24. Give with a syringe instead of in a cup
  25. Empty syringe into a cup
  26. Let child be the doctor and give themselves the medicine
  27. Use the television as a distraction
  28. Let them play a game on the ipad/iphone while taking the medicine
  29. Give the medicine in a non-conventional place (like outside or in the bathtub)
  30. Put on their favorite movie
  31. Sing a song about taking medicine (spoonful of sugar is my favorite!)
  32. Make a craft project about decorating a favorite medicine cup
  33. Add watermelon flavor from the pharmacist
  34. Freeze* medicine into slushy or popsicle tray
  35. Have another adult help you to hold your child
  36. Put whipped cream on top of medicine cup
  37. Add sprinkles
  38. Play “this little piggy” with medicine going “all the way home”
  39. Parent pretends to take medicine first
  40. Add grape flavor from the pharmacist
  41. Write a story together about taking medicine
  42. Drink through a straw
  43. Drink through a Twizzler
  44. Give medicine directly to back of cheek to bypass taste buds
  45. Mix with frozen yogurt
  46. Mix with jelly
  47. Mix with peanut butter
  48. Mix into jell-o
  49. Have a different adult (like a grandparent or other caretaker) administer the medicine
  50. “Shoot” the medicine into their mouth from close distance (practice first with water in syringe)
  51. Make a sticker chart for each dose needed – give a prize when the chart is full and med complete
  52. Give smaller amount over several minutes instead of all at once
  53. Dip cornbread into medicine
  54. Add to grilled cheese
  55. Show older children how to swallow pill (ask pediatrician to change to pill form)
  56. Ask if medicine comes as a chewable or dissolving tablet
  57. Mix into a bread ball
  58. Put on top of pizza
  59. Add to spoonful of macaroni and cheese
  60. Dunk lollipop into medicine until all is licked off
  61. Mix with flavored drink
  62. Put medicine into pacifier (little at a time) and cut small slit on pacifier end
  63. Have a medicine tea party
  64. Give child a frozen dessert first to numb their mouth
  65. Hollow out candy (fun size) and add medicine inside
  66. Add bubble gum flavor from pharmacist
  67. Allow child to pick a treat to have after the dose
  68. Add to pumped breastmilk
  69. Put nose plugs in to hide smell and some of the taste
  70. Add sour flavor
  71. Warm up a cookie so the smell is throughout the room
  72. Add inside of a marshmallow
  73. Add cocoa powder to medicine
  74. Add vanilla powder to medicine
  75. Add honey to medicine dose (*only for children over age 1 year*)
  76. Add to cereal
  77. Dip goldfish into medicine until all is eaten
  78. Make a medicine dance (Pat your head, tap your toes, take your medicine, and down it goes)
  79. Take medicine while chewing on a Skittle
  80. Have a medicine puppet show
  81. Use your child’s favorite stuffed animal to help hold the syringe/cup
  82. Science lab — let your child help add the medicine to the cup or syringe
  83. Create a fun name for the medicine (ex: princess potion or superhero juice)
  84. Add to maple syrup
  85. Crush pill form medicine to make into sprinkles
  86. Open capsule and add to food of choice
  87. Use a funny hat or prop to disguise yourself as the medicine fairy
  88. Add to water
  89. Use a flavored straw to drink medicine
  90. Use a fun bendy straw
  91. Give a candy necklace, one bite for each sip of medicine
  92. Let child drink medicine while wearing a Halloween mask
  93. Add orange flavor from the pharmacist
  94. Add to ketchup to dip chicken fingers
  95. Mix with mashed up watermelon
  96. Use their favorite toy as distraction while giving the medicine
  97. Create list of fun places/ways to take medicine and add to a hat – let child pick each time
  98. Show videos of animals taking medicine
  99. Facetime a grandparent or other friend or family member to watch them take their medicine
  100. Use positive reinforcement, lots of encouragement, and applause when done!